Discord Digital Accessibility Press Release

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This page is a press release from Discord and the American Council of the Blind. Discord announced it is making its public-facing website and mobile applications easier to use for blind and other disabled people. Discord worked with the American Council of the Blind on this initiative. There was no lawsuit. Instead, the company used the process called Structured Negotiation. That strategy allows people to work together to solve legal problems without conflict or run-away costs. The second edition of Lainey’s book on Structured Negotiation was published in October 2021

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Congratulations Discord! The popular communications tool recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility with the press release posted here. Patreon worked in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind in Structured Negotiation on its accessibility initiative. Lainey Feingold and Washington, D.C. civil rights lawyer Matt Handley of Handley Farah & Anderson were the lawyers for the ACB.

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Discord and American Council of the Blind Announce Digital Accessibility Initiative

Discord, working with the American Council of the Blind, announced a comprehensive initiative to enhance Discord’s voice, video and text communication app to make it more accessible for Discord users who are blind or have other vision impairments.

Discord has worked closely with representatives of the blind community so they each could better understand the challenges and opportunities to enhance Discord’s digital platform:

The American Council of the Blind congratulates Discord for its demonstrated commitment to access and usability, and for its leadership role in ensuring that the blind and visually impaired communities are among the millions of people who can use Discord to connect with their friends and colleagues.Eric Bridges, Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind

Discord has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 level AA as its digital accessibility standard. These standards are developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web and its availability to all. More information is available on the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative website.

About Discord

Founded in 2015, Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests – from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

About The American Council of The Blind

The American Council of the Blind is a national member-driven consumer organization representing Americans who are blind and visually impaired. During the organization’s 60-year history, ACB has become a leader in national, state, local, and even international advocacy efforts. With 68 affiliates, ACB strives to increase independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve the quality of life for all people who are blind and visually impaired. For more information, visit ACB’s website.